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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Resigns After Spending Less Than 4 Months On The Job
HONG KONG (AP) — TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigned Thursday amid U.S. stress for its Chinese language proprietor to promote the favored video app, which the White Home says is a safety threat.
In a letter to staff, Mayer mentioned that his determination to depart comes after the “political surroundings has sharply modified.”
His resignation follows President Donald Trump’s order to ban TikTok until its mum or dad firm, ByteDance, sells its U.S. operations to an American firm inside 90 days.
“I’ve completed vital reflection on what the company structural adjustments would require, and what it means for the worldwide function I signed up for,” he mentioned within the letter. “In opposition to this backdrop, and as we count on to achieve a decision very quickly, it’s with a heavy coronary heart that I needed to allow you to all know that I’ve determined to depart the corporate.”
Bytedance is presently in talks with Microsoft for the U.S. agency to purchase TikTok’s U.S. operations.
Mayer, a former Disney govt, joined TikTok as CEO in Could.
TikTok thanked Mayer.
“We admire that the political dynamics of the previous few months have considerably modified what the scope of Kevin’s function could be going ahead, and totally respect his determination,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
ByteDance launched TikTok in 2017, then purchased Musical.ly, a video service common with teenagers within the U.S. and Europe, and mixed the 2. A twin service, Douyin, is out there for Chinese language customers.
TikTok gained immense recognition by way of its enjoyable, goofy movies and ease of use, and has lots of of hundreds of thousands of customers globally.
However its Chinese language possession has raised issues about potential censorship of movies, together with these crucial of the Chinese language authorities, and the chance Beijing might entry consumer knowledge.
Earlier this month, Trump ordered a sweeping however unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese language house owners of client apps TikTok and WeChat because the U.S. heightens scrutiny of Chinese language expertise corporations, citing issues that they could pose a menace to nationwide safety.
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